What is Dysgraphia?
Dysgraphia is a brain-based disorder characterized by difficulty with writing tasks. In children, the disorder generally emerges when they are first introduced to writing. They make inappropriately sized and spaced letters, or write wrong or misspelled words, despite instruction. Children with this disorder may also have other learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.
(National Institutes of Health)
How is Dysgraphia Identified?
A child with dysgraphia may have trouble forming letters, numbers, and words. In addition, individuals with dysgraphia struggle with spelling, as well as organizing thoughts into written expression. Writing becomes a slow and frustrating process, which may impact a student’s ability and willingness to express themselves in writing. Learning to spell can also be difficult for students who have trouble forming letters.
How is Dysgraphia Treated?
With extra help and time, students with dysgraphia can improve their writing. Children benefit greatly from careful handwriting instruction in a supportive classroom environment.
In a classroom setting, educators can accommodate the needs of students with dysgraphia by giving additional time for note-taking or offering handouts. Assistive technology, such as dictation software, can also be useful in some situations. Finally, practicing writing using exercises or multisensory techniques for teaching handwriting can help a student improve over time.
How Can Groves Academy Help?
The Learning Center at Groves Academy can help determine if your child is struggling with dysgraphia. We offer diagnostic services and assessments to help identify learning disorders. If a diagnosis is reached, our staff will make recommendations for education resources for dysgraphia to help students improve their writing skills and gain confidence. Our school offers explicit instruction in handwriting and written expression for students struggling with writing.